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Book Review: Between Kant And Hegel: Lectures On German Idealism, By Dieter Henrich, James Kreines Jan 2005

Book Review: Between Kant And Hegel: Lectures On German Idealism, By Dieter Henrich, James Kreines

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Recent decades have seen a surge of interest in the development of German philosophy from Kant to Hegel. A remarkable share of responsibility for this rests with Dieter Henrich, whose influence stems from his unequaled historical learning and unfailing philosophical sophistication. In 1973, Henrich gave a course of lecture son German idealism at Harvard. David Pacini and others transcribed the lectures, Pacini edited the transcripts, and they have now been published as Between Kant and Hegel.

Those looking for a broad introduction to Henrich’s approach will find one that is both sophisticated and a pleasure to read. Specialists and ...


The Inexplicability Of Kant’S Naturzweck: Kant On Teleology, Explanation And Biology, James Kreines Jan 2005

The Inexplicability Of Kant’S Naturzweck: Kant On Teleology, Explanation And Biology, James Kreines

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Kant’s position on teleology and biology is neither inconsistent nor obsolete; his arguments have some surprising and enduring philosophical strengths. But Kant’s account will appear weak if we muddy the waters by reading him as aiming to defend teleology by appealing to considerations popular in contemporary philosophy. Kant argues for very different conclusions: we can neither know teleological judgments of living beings to be true, nor legitimately explain living beings in teleological terms; such teleological judgment is justified only as a “problematic” guideline in our search for mechanistic explanations. These conclusions are well supported by Kant’s defense ...